Red Wings Respond Strongly to Win Game 2
The Red Wings answered Nashville's Game 1 win and Shea Weber's hit on Henrik Zetterberg immediately after the puck dropped. Detroit came away with a 3-2 win due to strong play from Jimmy Howard, a continually stifling penalty kill and balanced scoring.
Todd Bertuzzi forced Shea Weber to atone for his hit just 1:36 into the first by fighting the Nashville blueliner to a fight which ended as a tie. Detroit struck first when Ian White shot a puck through traffic and past Pekka Rinne at 8:25 into the first. The assists went to Tomas Holmstrom and Drew Miller. Seven minutes later Cory Emmerton scored his first career playoff goal on a great individual effort. He blocked a shot then carried the puck up on a 2 on 1 with Gustav Nyquist and roofed a shot top shelf to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
The second period didn't start of well for Detroit as they took three penalties within the first 4:04 of the period. Detroit was able to kill them off including a shortened 5 on 3 advantage for Nashville. The Predators finally lit the lamp at 9:01 when Andrei Kostitysn scored from Alex Radulov and David Legwand. Detroit answered quickly, scoring just 56 seconds later. Brad Stuart sent a sharp angle shot towards the net that deflected in off Johan Franzen's leg. Pavel Datsyuk scored the second assist on what eventually became the game-winner.
Nashville made a strong push in the third outshooting Detroit 11-4. Shea Weber was able to bring Nashville within one on a great backhand shot with less than 5 minutes left. The Predators surged and applied pressure in Detroit's zone but were unable to score again.
Detroit has tied the series as it moves to Joe Louis Arena for Games 3 & 4. Game 3 starts at noon on Sunday.
A.K. Bennett, @MrAdrianKeith